The aesthetics of a steampunk enthusiast are instantly recognizable, with their penchant for Victorian dress augmented by arrays of cogs and pocketwatch chains. However, finding fellow hobbyists to hang out with isn't as simple as
chatting up goggle-wearing tinkerers at their workshop. Steampunk Minnesota provides this service by collecting the area's events for their followers' favorite sub-genre. Masquerade balls, bazaars, and train rides give fans a stage to show off their costumes and gentlemen time travelers the chance to jump to present day without looking suspicious.
All classes are held in a brand new, state-of-the-art 18,300-square-foot facility with a retail store, training center, and an indoor, 75-foot range.
Available rentals include handguns.
At a Glance
Inside Total Defense, firearms, ammunition, camouflage backpacks, and hunting gear line tall shelves. Educated staff members help repair, build, and customize guns, while federally licensed instructors draw on their experiences in self-defense and mixed martial arts to teach women's self-defense classes and concealed-carry courses.
Koru Fitness, which specializes in Les Mills's suite of classes, calls its approach to fitness "exertainment." They cultivate an energetic, nightclub?style atmosphere with disco, laser, and candle lighting, depending on the mood of the class. Instructors keep the mood light with friendly encouragement and the occasional bit of bawdy humor. And they even hold prize giveaways at the quarterly launch events, in which Les Mills unveils its new releases.
On any given day?whether the gym is being used for BodyCOMBAT's martial arts?inspired cardio, BodyATTACK's agility and body weight strength training, Sh'Bam's dance cardio, or BodyFLOW's calmer blend of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates?you're likely to find a diverse group of people at Koru. Every movement can be adapted to suit newcomers, and the instructors demonstrate all the difficulty levels. (To level up, you can also attend their occasional technique classes.) And a living-room area where kids ages 4 and older can watch movies, read, color, or play means that the studio is especially welcoming to parents.